Officers Leave No Stone Unturned to Find Owner of Shot Aggressive Dog

Police shot a dog that was attacking children at a bus stop in SE Portland. Multnomah County Animal Services rushed the dog to DoveLewis Animal Hospital, and went into overdrive to search for its owner.

Officers Worked to Locate Dog Owner

Multnomah County Animal Services didn’t give up on locating the owner of an aggressive dog that was shot by Portland Police on May 11. Knowing that time was of the essence, MCAS officers worked tirelessly to follow the long trail of dog owners that led them to the current owner as her dog was being stabilized at DoveLewis Animal Hospital. Their quick and diligent detective work enabled the owner to make the urgent decision for her dog’s treatment and humane end at DoveLewis Animal Hospital.


Dog Shot By Police

Children waited for the school bus in a SE Portland neighborhood on Thursday, May 11, when a white dog aggressively charged them. Someone in the neighborhood called Portland Police and an officer arrived soon after to find the dog biting a woman who was trying to protect the children. The dog released the woman’s leg and redirected its aggression toward the officer. He made the quick decision to shoot the animal, injuring but not killing it.

MCAS Catches Dog and Transports to DoveLewis

Portland Police called Multnomah County Animal Services. MCAS officer Andy Loehr arrived moments later to find the injured dog resting on a nearby porch, alert but bloody. He was able to catch the dog and rush it to DoveLewis Animal Hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, MCAS officer Christian Holden was dispatched to interview witnesses and neighbors.

Former Dog Owners Identified

DoveLewis scanned the dog and found a microchip registered to a former owner in Coos Bay, OR whose phone number was disconnected. MCAS Shelter Director Jackie Rose and the Field Services Program Manager were able to contact the father of the former owner, who stated the dog’s last known place of custody was the Coos County Animal Shelter. MCAS staff called the Coos County shelter, who provided records of a 2014 adoption by a Portland resident but discovered that contact information wasn’t current. Using Facebook posts, MCAS officers also discovered that the dog had been abandoned by the adoptive owner, and rehomed through Craigslist to a new owner just five days prior to the attack.

Current Dog Owner Contacted

Officers verified the contact information and description of the new owner, and reached out to her at her home. Initially, the owner presented herself to Officer Loehr as a victim of the dog’s aggression. But when confronted with proof that she had assumed ownership of the dog, and that her dog was in pain, and in need of treatment at DoveLewis Animal Hospital, she broke down and admitted that she was scared of the dog since it bit her, and she didn’t know what to do when it got loose in the neighborhood.

Dog Owner Requests Humane Euthanasia, and Is Cited

Officer Loehr called DoveLewis Animal Hospital to report the owner had been found. Veterinarian Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, spoke with the owner to inform her that the dog had a bullet lodged in its lung, and would require surgery to remove it and save the animal’s life. The owner made the decision to have the dog humanely euthanized to spare it further suffering. Officer Loehr thanked the owner for telling the truth and assuming responsibility for her dog. He stressed that she should have called Multnomah County Animal Services with her initial concerns about her new dog’s aggressive behavior, and when her dog was loose that morning. The owner was later issued a Notice of Infraction for her dog’s aggressive actions that led to several injuries.

The dog tested negative for rabies, posthumously, as required by state law.

 


Multnomah County Animal Services thanks its community partners, DoveLewis Animal Hospital, and Portland Police Bureau for their work and support in this case, and thanks the members of the public who intervened to help.

About the Potentially Dangerous Dog Program (PDD)

Multnomah County Animal Services tracks, manages, and prevents instances of dog bites and aggression through its Dangerous and Potentially Dangerous Dog (PDD) program. For public safety, dogs that display reported instances of aggression towards people or other animals are classified based on their behavior, and owners of PDD dogs must abide by a set of special rules and restrictions to prevent future instances of aggression. Multnomah County Animal Services may accept surrendered or seized dogs of owners who are unwilling or unable to comply with the special rules and restrictions applicable to their dog. The PDD program is behavior-based, has no breed biases or restrictions, and has been successful in preventing and reducing instances of dog aggression in Multnomah County for twenty years.